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A Harmful Mix for Party Students By Matt Marchesano
If there is one thing that we’ve learned from watching movies such as Animal House and American Pie, is that most college kids like to drink. Alcohol tends to be a staple in many social circles, even though recreational drinking comes with risk. Recently, the new Four Loko drink has turned into a fad on college campuses. The dangers of this drink have gained publicity since its debut and questions arose on the fate of the beverage. Named after its four main ingredients— alcohol, caffeine, taurine and guarana— the Four Loko line of energy beverages caused some students to seek medical
help after they tried the drink. Nicknamed “black-out in a can” by the media, 23 Ramapo College students and nine Central Washington University stu-
“As sense perception is hazy, a person may drink to the point of excess, inducing alcohol poisoning as the caffeine wears off.” dents were hospitalized this fall semester after experimenting with the beverage at (Continued on page 5) parties.
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Winter Term Debuts at Kean By Andrea Edwards
Beginning Jan. 3, Kean University will be rolling out its very first winter session between the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters. Though the number of classes being offered is not as vast as some may have liked, it is a long-awaited beginning and a stepping stone for the university. As of now, the term is scheduled for a period of two weeks and will conclude on Jan. 14. “The University decided to establish a winter session to increase the four-year graduation rate,” said Carol Gubernat, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Kean. Currently, Kean has an average graduation rate of 47 percent based on all incoming, part-time and full-time students who graduate within six years of enrollment. Out of that number, 19 percent graduate within four years or less. Although this four-year rate falls within the range of national figures, when compared to the four-year rate of similar New Jersey public universities, such as Montclair State University’s 27 percent and Rowan University’s 39 percent, Kean has some catching up to do. Of the two comparisons, Montclair is the only university that offers a winter session. Their winter session lasts for a period of four weeks and a total of four credits can be earned. Furthermore, students not matriculated in Montclair State University may register to earn any credits they may require. Many of Kean’s students, however, will no longer need to attend other universities during their winter break. According to Jeff Theodore, Kean University’s public relations representative,
720 students have registered thus far for Kean’s winter session. “This really shows that among the students there is an interest for this,” said Gubernat. “We have every reason to believe that the number will increase even more next year.”
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“The University decided to establish a winter session to increase the four-year graduation rate.” Registration for the current winter session will remain open until classes begin Jan. 3. However, some students, such as Daniel Lyons, an English major who has missed the four-year mark, said he wished more classes were being offered during the upcoming session. “I would definitely take it if they were offering the classes that I needed,” said Lyons. Courses for the upcoming winter session were selected by administrators from various departments, who agreed on what courses could be for- (Continued on page 5)
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Registration Order Causes Headache for Some By Jaclyn Tuman
A new scheduling system is allowing freshmen students to register before upperclassmen, disregarding the status of sophomores, juniors, and seniors and leaving mixed feelings among students. “I think it sucks that they changed how registration used to be,” said AJ Hughes, a junior at Kean. “It’s not fair that they get to register before everyone else. Some of the people that actually need the classes can’t get into them because of this. I know a lot of people I talk to about it feel the same way.” The new system was put into effect in the spring semester of 2009. It has left some wondering if it has put a damper on the already lengthy process, while others
seem to be getting along with their class choices just fine. It’s unclear whether the complaints are related to the registration change or to other factors such as the classes not being scheduled at convenient times or classes may already be full. Chase Lassiter, a junior at Kean, said it was a headache trying to schedule classes because there were too many of his classes listed on the same days. “I definitely had issues registering all of last year because I could not get into the classes I needed or wanted to take. I can’t remember an easy time registering for classes at Kean,” said Lassiter. The change allows first semester students to gain entry into courses that would have been more difficult to get into if they
had to register later in the cycle, according to an email message from the office of Media and Publications. The purpose, according to university officials, is to maintain university retention
“I can’t remember an easy time registering for classes at Kean.” rates and give students an opportunity to plan their academic schedules better. Even with the preferential treatment, some freshmen still complained. “I like the fact that we can register for the spring semester first, which gives us a chance to get the classes we need. How-
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ever, the original registration for the fall semester was not very organized, which made it difficult to get the schedule I wanted,” said freshman Mike Mchugh. Katelin Lezette, a freshman, said registering hasn’t been a problem, but she is involved with sports so she can register earlier than other freshman. Other students also are allowed to register earlier, such as those with scholarships. Additionally, the university established a phone bank system last year that is intended to help troubleshoot and intervene when students have issues that may preclude them from registering for classes, the email message said.
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Limewire Shuts Down; New Ideas Coming Soon By Christine Valdez
For those who relish in downloading music free of charge, you may have mixed feelings finding that Limewire, a web program that allowed for music sharing, has been forced to shut down its operations. As of Oct. 26, Limewire is no longer a working website. A judge ordered for the site to be terminated due to the illegal downloading of free music. In an official statement posted on the website, the following message can be viewed: “LimeWire LLC, its directors and officers, are taking all steps to comply with the injunction. We have very recently become aware of unauthorized applica-
tions on the internet purporting to use the LimeWire name. We demand that all persons using the LimeWire software,
“It‘s forcing people to go out and buy music.” name, or trademark in order to upload or download copyrighted works in any manner cease and desist from doing so. We further remind you that the unauthorized
uploading and downloading of copyrighted works is illegal.” Considering its popularity amongst tech-savy people who have enjoyed using the program, the news of the court order has not been pleasant. “It’s forcing people to go out and buy music,” said Genese Gonzalez, a sophomore majoring in Art Education. “Knowing that Limewire was huge and practically everyone had it, it’s forcing [people] to buy from iTunes.” Although the once popular music site was forced to close down, new alternatives are emerging. Limewire CEO, George Searle, posted on the company’s corporate site that they
are creating a new music service that will meet the necessary guidelines set forth by the music industry and collaborate with them in the future. For now, most versions of Limewire have been blocked for download. However, the Gnutella and BitTorrent software are still active through older versions of the program. Limewire’s recent shutdown has followed in the steps of other music downloading sites, such as Napster. “Other programs are going to come out soon,” said Eddie Vecchione, a senior majoring in Criminal Justice. “Once a program comes out, gets big, it won’t be long until it’s shut down.”
Muslim Writer Debunks Islamaphobia By Arkor Kolubah
“Is Islam a Religion of Peace?” The Muslim Student Association brought in famous media commentator and author, Moustafa Zayed, to shed light on this issue on Nov. 12. Zayed talked about the fact that Islamophobia has become very prevalent in America and that Islam bashing is being perpetuated by the media. He stressed that Islam started with the prophets of the Old Testament and that Muhammad was the last prophet of God. “If you opened the Qur’an, you would think it’s a Jewish book,” Zayed said. Zayed suggests Muslims, Christians and Jews share commonalities in that they all regard the prophets of the Old Testament with reverence. Muslims, however, believe that the Bible contains some fabrications and was tampered with on several occasions. Zayed’s lecture was followed by a Q&A session, in which the audience asked questions about Muslim theology and the notion that Islam is a violent religion. During the session, the Islamic practice of jihad, which is defined as the personal struggle of the individual believer against
evil and persecution, was discussed. Zayed suggests it is commonly misunderstood by non-Muslims. Jihad, he clarified, is a striving for the sake of God. It advocates charity and teaches the practice of making
against our God-giving right to worship where we want,” he said. Muslim students also voiced their opinions about Islamophobia and the misunderstandings people have about Islam.
“There is no such thing as suicide bombing in Islam. It is totally forbidden. Killing civilians is totally forbidden.” Mustafa Zayed’s newest book.
sacrifices for the sake of others. “Unfortunately, the media focus on the military aspect of jihad,” said Zayed. And as the discussion continued, Zayed went on to denounce the violence caused by terrorists. “There is no such thing as suicide bombing in Islam,” said Zayed. “It is totally forbidden. Killing civilians is totally forbidden.” He noted his frustration that many Americans disapproved of the mosque near Ground Zero. “It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and
Mona Mostafa, a freshman majoring in psychology and a member of the Muslim Student Association, said that while she doesn’t believe all Americans are Islamophobic, she believes that a great deal are. “I will not say America as a whole because I do not appreciate it when people judge all of Islam as a whole by saying we are terrorists…but it’s true that many are,“ said Mostafa. “I have not personally experienced it, but I know many of my close friends have because people have discriminated against them because of their scarf,” she said, which they wear as a symbol of modesty.
President of the Muslim Student Association, Sehrish Ahmed, a senior majoring in psychology, said that she doesn’t think that America is Islamophobic, especially when compared to European nations, such as France, where Muslims are frequently discriminated against. “I don’t think America is that way at all because America guarantees freedom of religion,” said Ahmed. “I feel safe living in America.” Ahmed, however, said that there are many misconceptions about Islam, one of which is that Muslim women are oppressed, and “that Muslim women have no importance and no rights, yet Islam is a religion that gives rights to women.” She further said that she wants non-Muslims to know that Islam is a religion of peace. Arif Rahman, faculty advisor of the group said that the misconception people have of Muslims is that they are different. “We are like every other human being,” said Rahman. “And we all have the same human qualities.” Zayed’s newest book The Lies About Muhammad: How You Were Deceived Into Islamophobia, talks in more detail about these issues and many more.
Human Beings Speak Truth to Power By Celleste Valeanu
“Human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights; give to every other human being every right you can for your-
historical and current events. Now, the institute is featuring an exhibit titled Speak Truth to Power, which offers a display of international photographs and commentary of human rights defend-
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “This is a display of major leaders and activists from all over the world who have, in many cases, risked their lives for justice,” said Dr. Hank Kaplowitz, acting
“This is a display of major leaders and activists from all over the world who have, in many cases, risked their lives for justice.” self. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other,” states a quote in the Human Rights Institute located in the Nancy Thompson Library. In the midst of International Education Week at Kean, the Human Rights Institute has been featuring numerous presentations of cross-cultural enlightenment of
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Speak Truth to Power photography exhibit.
ers and leaders around the world up until Dec. 17. Human Rights Day is Dec. 10 and honors the date in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the
director of the Human Rights Institute, in a press release from the university. “It also brings attention to a vast number of human rights issues worldwide that may
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be unfamiliar to many.” The photographs, which are produced by Pulitzer-Prize award winning photojournalist, Eddie Adams, and interviews conducted by human rights’ activist, Kerry Kennedy, embody the sole purpose of the institute and its mission to the members of the Kean community. The gallery sparks issues related to human rights in regards to our universal violations and victories, and it expresses our progression through art, publication, and education. The exhibit features influential leaders from all over the world, such as Holocaust survivor and political activist Elie Wiesel and Patricia Dogbadzi, a native of Ghana and survivor of sex slavery in the Troski shrines. The Human Rights Institute exhibit is open Monday 12-7pm, Tues.-Thurs., 128pm, and Friday, 12-4pm. Admission is free to the public.
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Profs and Students: Ignore the Friend Request By Andrew Czirjak
Have you ever logged into a social networking site and received a friend request from a professor of yours? What’s the first thing that came to mind? Did you feel uneasy about the decisions to accept or deny the request? In this modern age of computer technology, teachers and professors use social media devices such as Facebook to communicate with students outside of class.
“Being friends on Facebook with your teachers while you are still in school automatically creates a conflict of interest.” Contemporary logic seems to suggest teachers should not be friends with their students outside of school. However, the Internet creates a gray area in communication. It creates an environment that allows teachers and students to interact with one another on topics other than just learning. And as it turns out these friendships can blur the lines between once
defined status roles. “Actually, I find it kind of creepy,” said Jessica Crawford, a senior majoring in Psychology. “I know a lot of students are friends with their professors on Facebook. I’m not one of them. I think it is important that the teachers maintain their role as an authority figure.” Ironically, in that virtual world, one’s persona can differ from who they are when face-to-face. Computer mediated communication allows friendships to develop unbound by traditional roles. The friendships made on social networking websites such as Facebook do not adhere to academic guidelines. “I’m friends with two of my professors on Facebook, “said Brittany Emigholz a senior majoring in Communication. “It’s nice to get to know people on a ‘semi-personal’ level. However, they are my professors so I try not to be too chummy with them.” It is important to remember before you “friend” your teacher on any social networking website to ask yourself “why does this person need to be my friend?” Vice President for Student Affairs Janice Murray-Laury is currently finalizing a policy on that gives students a guideline regarding proper Facebook etiquette (See sidebar). The policy informs teachers and students at Kean to use appropriate
behavior and language when chatting on the website. Needless to say, some students find the best way to maintain the professional relationship of the teacher as an authority figure and the student as the subordinate is for neither party to respond to the Facebook friend request. The same theory goes for the professors as well. “I have a particular problem with teachers and students being friends on Face-
book,” said Danielle Pietrucha, a senior majoring in Communication. “Being friends on Facebook with your teachers while you are still in school automatically creates a conflict of interest. And I am not just talking about unacceptable behavior like flirting with students. Being friends with your teacher on Facebook or some other social network may lead to an unfair bias when it comes to their grades.”
Kean University encourages the use of Facebook to connect with prospective and current students, staff, faculty, partners, and alumni. Group/Page Name • If you are planning on only inviting people who are registered Facebook users you know, choose a Group. Notifications to those in your Group will appear in their Facebook Inbox like an e-mail. If personal communication is your goal, forming a Group is a better option. Policies • Follow Facebook’s established terms and conditions. • Establish a set of discussion board rules and post on the discussion board (i.e. administrators reserve the right to remove offensive/inappropriate content). Managing Groups • Don’t get defensive – use discretion when addressing negative comments and provide constructive feedback. Remove a post if deemed inappropriate or spam according to Kean University’s Social Media Policy. The above is a preliminary policy that Kean is considering for adoption.
65 Years Later: Tuskegee Airmen Discuss Race in The Military By Stephanie Musat
Four Tuskegee Airman didn’t mention a thing about World War II combat Nov. 18 in the Human Rights Institute at Kean University. Instead, their stories centered how their tenure in the air force paved the way for race equality in the United States military. Though Shade Lee would be dressed in full military regalia, he always had candy in his pocket. When he walked down the streets of Italy, where he was stationed in1944, kids always ran up to him. He would give them a piece of candy and hoped they would go away. They never did though. They just ran in a circle around Lee and his fellow Tuskegee soldiers. Lee soon learned that it wasn’t candy that the kids were interested in. “A white soldier came up to me and asked if I knew why the kids kept running around us,” Lee Said. “He told me that the kids thought the black soldiers had tails so they kept running around us to see if they could see our tails.” That’s the kind of racism the Tuskegee Airman, an outfit of nearly 1,000 black air fighter pilots in World War II, endured both stationed abroad and on the home turf. Lee, along with Dr. Cyril Byron, James Smith and Wilfred DeFour were awarded for their civic duty by the Office of Africana Studies and Kean President Dawood Farahi in a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. “I was told that I was not fit for mili-
tary duty, and I said, ‘Captain, why?’” Lee said. “He said, ‘the only negroes that fit in the military are automatons. You ask too many questions.’ I said if that’s the criteria of the army, then the army needs to change because I will not change.”
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“Here I am in uniform, going to fight for freedom for these United States and I couldn’t sit on level. I had to go to the balcony to see the movie. It’s part of what we call racism, and we saw it everywhere we went.” While in active duty, Lee was asked by General Barney Giles to evaluate protests by black soldiers who boycotted segregated facilities and to help improve morale among minority soldiers. Lee said segregation was a waste of time and efficiency, so he sat and wrote how ending segregation in the military would benefit productivity. Lee said his ideas were later included in the Executive Order 9981 that was signed by President Harry Truman which ended segregation in the military. “You don’t get rewarded for being an innovator,” Lee said. “All of us who are innovators get punished for doing things. I got shipped overseas to a rock pile for my
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Dr. Cyril Byron (top) and Mr. James Smiths (bottom).
progenitor of integration on military reservations.” The Tuskegee Airmen were honored in 2007 for their service to the country— 62 years late, said Dr. Cyril Byron who held the Congressional Medal in his hand. That medal, given to him by former President George W. Bush in 2007, was the recognition he needed for enduring the racism that was harder to deal
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with than combat, he said. In1942, while stationed in Tuskegee, Ala, Byron and 10 other soldiers would go into town to see the one movie they were showing. One person had to go get the tickets, and they had to enter the side of the building to go up to the balcony. “Here I am in uniform, going to fight for freedom for these United States and I couldn’t sit on level. I had to go to the balcony to see the movie,” Byron said.” It’s part of what we call racism, and we saw it everywhere we went.” Recognition is a huge deal for the Tuskegee Airmen, said William DeFour because there were people, even in high positions, that believed blacks lacked the ability and intelligence to operate complex military equipment and aircrafts. “But ladies and gentlemen, we proved them wrong,” he said. Four men read a government memo that acknowledged the successes of the group that praised them for their prowess in flight and mentioned specific instances where Tuskegee victories benefitted the war’s cause. James Smith was told that he couldn’t be a pilot because he wasn’t smart enough. He tried anyway. “People made me believe that being a pilot was out of the capabilities of a black man. But let me tell you, after six hours, my instructor said ‘Mr. Smith, it’s your plane.’ There’s absolutely nothing to it. A black man can do it just like everyone else,” said Smith.
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Sex Therapist Sheds New Light on Human Sexuality Class By Samantha Feller
Students walk into a class and see a table filled with condoms, diaphragms, IUD’s and other forms of contraception. The lesson for the day is obvious. Dr. Shannon Bertha is a professor at Kean who teaches human sexuality in a very different way. She brings her outside expertise as a sex therapist into her teaching and uses it in a different approach to reach her students. Many of the activities she does in class help to get students thinking and interact with one another in a positive way. Although the class goes very in depth on the history of sex, there is a very modern tone that the class is taught in. “Being a sex therapist has made it easier to teach because real life experiences can be applied; examples that are not in movies, books or even learned in school,” said Bertha. “Sometimes students are able to
definitely changed for the better.” Considering most students have taken sex education classes since middle school, this class offers the same information in a new way. Bertha has a lot of new information to offer and even touches on the taboos in a way that is still comfortable in a classroom environment. “This class gave me a deeper understanding of human sexuality, said Kean student Diana Dibella. “It opened my views to people’s sexual preferences and sexuality For Bertha, this method works well; she in today’s society.” Although many people take this class is a young professor and has gained a lot of respect from her students through her as an elective it is important to be knowledgeable on the subject matter. teaching experiences. “Sex is a very important factor in life,” “Shannon Bertha’s class completely altered my view on life. It made me a said Kean student Shana Herman. “Learnmuch more open minded individual and ing ways to enhance and expand my allowed me to become fully aware of the knowledge of sexuality is something I will person I am inside and out,” said Alumus never forget.” Kristen Halikias. “I was truly a different person after that class, and I most comfortable with her and wants to be considered a friend, suggesting it makes them more likely to open up to her.
“Being a sex therapist has made it easier to teach because real life experiences can be applied.”
Dr. Shannon Bertha.
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identify with real people and feel that they are not the only one.” Bertha works in the Center for Female Sexuality, located in New York. She cares a lot about her patients as well as her students. She prefers for both to call her Shannon because she likes people to feel
Kean Dean is Scientist by Day, Blogger By Night By Rachel Rothspan
The Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Science at Kean is experimenting in a new field, blogging. Dr. Jeffrey Toney, who has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and has done fellowships in Biology and Biochemistry, mixes science with literature in his job as a Huffington Post columnist. “For me, discovering new things … it’s just an unbelievable joy,” Toney said. With no formal training as a writer, Toney started his literary career by writing letters to the Editor at the New York Times. Even after many rejections to his letters, he continued to send his work, hoping to one day get that approval. He wants to bridge the gap between science and writing; he wants to write about science. “Successful scientists, I believe, need to be myopic about their approach to research, yet understand the broader context,” he said. “Attempting to understand our world in a concrete way is enormously challenging. To solve such problems, we break it down into smaller, more manageable problems … This requires so much energy and focus that most scientists have little or no interest in the news media. Of course, they welcome any reporter to
write about their discoveries!” Eventually, Toney was offered a position with NJ Voices, which is featured at NJ.com, to publish opinion pieces from different people. Soon after, with the help of a project called Be The Change, led by Professor Norma Bowe of the College of
“My banner was created by Olga Demeshchik, Graphic Designer and a Visual Communications major in the Robert
“For me, discovering new things… it’s just an unbelievable joy.” Education, he found himself offered a job by the Huffington Post, one of the largest blog sites on the web. Since then, Toney’s page has been filled with various articles that connect science and scientific thinking with current events. And most recently, Dr. Toney has even launched a blog under Science Blogs. This blog will be the latest in his writing endeavors. “Remember discovering your first ladybug, seeing your first rainbow?” he explained. “You will be an important part of an ongoing discussion about the beauty and fascination of science.” And he’s excited to have students helping him as well.
Dr. Jeffrey Toney.
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Busch School of Design at Kean University,” he said. Toney admits that the writing isn’t always easy; he confesses to writing sometimes ten or fifteen drafts before being satisfied with the finished result. He also does all of his own editing. While many of his colleagues don’t quite understand his interest in doing his own writing, Toney’s personal experience has brought him to this point. “Since I have served as Dean, I have
learned the importance of bridging the sciences across as many fields as possible,” he said. The next thing he would like to do is mix science with graphic arts. “Learning science can be very visual and teaching how to understand three dimensional objects using two dimensional materials is very difficult. Music and mathematics are a natural, as many compositions use mathematical principles,” Toney said. Toney plans to continue to write and will also continue with his scientific work, which is “focused on drug discovery and bridging science and human rights,” according to his profile on the Huffington Post. To the students of both the writing and science fields, he gives a word of advice; “Choose a goal beyond graduating from the University, and work your way backwards. What do you need to do to reach that goal?” He looks forward to learning new things in the future and improving his own knowledge. “If there were more than 24 hours in a day, I would love to formally study journalism, business, and education,” he said. “Given limitations, I learn as I go.”
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: SUPER STUDENT MASTERS THE ART OF MULTI-TASKING By NICOLE MARIE PADINHA
Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. When you hear these names you may think of superheroes, the ability to fly over the city, fight evil villains, and bring justice. However, underneath the mask, there is a regular human being. College students are very much like superheroes; they also live double lives. After a long week of school, midterms, and class projects, most students look forward to unwinding with family or going out with friends. However there are some who spend their weekend with hours upon hours of work and lunch breaks where key study sessions act as your “breathe of fresh air” from waiting tables and hearing customer complaints. You may cringe at the thought of spending every weekend like this, but Lauren
Frisoli, a junior, majoring in English, welcomes it with open arms. In an age where multi-tasking has become almost second Lauren Frisoli. nature to college students, many still find it hard to juggle both a job & school work; sometimes struggling to maintain a decent grade point average. Frisoli considers herself a master multitasker. Self-proclaimed “Queen of Time Management,” she works part-time at a local Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and also has a part-time shift at Aerie, a woman’s clothing store in Menlo Park Mall. On top
being a work-a-holic, Frisoli still manages to maintain her 3.7 GPA. How does she do it all? By giving both jobs different availability times that coincide with her school schedule, Frisoli sets herself up for prime work hours. Although she works a total of 40+ hours a week between the two jobs, including weekends where she sometimes works two shifts at the two, she still finds time to get her schoolwork done. “My assignments get done during the gaps I put in between my classes, and there is always a textbook on the break table at any given job,” said Frisoli. Being very frugal with her spare time, she makes the best of any down time, dedicating every spare moment and micromanaging each and every minute so
she can do her schoolwork. “I would never allow my GPA to suffer, I would rather quit both jobs than see it fall and lose my scholarship because of it,” said Frisoli. However, like any Super-Student, Frisoli does leave room to socialize. By clustering her work shifts on days she doesn’t have school, Frisoli leaves plenty of room to spend time with friends, go to social events or just wind down three nights out of the week. So when you’re down in the dumps, stressing out about that paper due tomorrow, or you’re worried that you didn’t study enough for the exam you’re just about to take, learn from Frisoli and channel your inner Super-Student. Maybe you’ll even get your own theme song.
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Most Harmful Drug May Come as a Surprise By D.J. Jean
We’ve all heard the saying, “Cocaine is a hell of a drug,” but alcohol is giving the drug, as well as 19 other substances, a run for its money. It procured the highest score of 72 on a scale that ranges from 0-100 in a recent study that measures the detrimental effects of drugs.
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“Many times the effects of alcohol are subtle and sometimes we don’t realize that we’ve had “too much” until it’s too late.” A study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, and conducted by a panel of experts from the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs aimed to assess the harms certain drugs have on an individual and also in whole, society.
The study was introduced by Professor David Nutt, chairman of Britain’s Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs and his team of colleagues. The scores for each substance evaluated were systematically achieved in a process that involved the researchers asking addiction specialists, psychiatrists, and other experts with a background tangent to the matter to assign scores. Thereafter, Nutt and his team calculated and assessed each drug’s overall rankings. This new classification scheme formulated by Nutt and his fellow researchers has been scrutinized for being antagonistic towards Britain’s current drug classification system. According to Leslie King, an adviser to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and a co-author of the study, although alcohol is more damaging than illicit drugs, what the government decides is illegal is not always based on science. It is structured around a multi-criteria decision analysis that breaks down nine criteria of harm to the individual using the substance as well as seven criteria on the threat posed to others. The study found that heroin and cocaine, although deemed the most destructive to the user, was trumped by alcohol when weighing societal aspects. Everything from addictiveness, bodily harm, environmental and socio-economic factors are broached in the evaluation of this new study.
Dr. Consuelo Bonillas, assistant professor of Health Education at Kean read the Lancet study and saw legitimacy in the claim. “Because of the social norms surrounding alcohol, the negative effects are often ignored or diminished given the positive attitudes our society places on a substance that seems to bring people together, makes people feel good and is part of fond memories,” Bonillas said. Even though some college students ad-
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With a mixture of energy-enhancing stimulants and high-content malt liquor, the beverage proved to be a near fatal combination for the college students. “Such energy drinks cause abnormal heart palpitations while the alcohol content slows the heart down,” said Kean health officials via an emailed response. “Energy drinks and alcohol can dehydrate the body because they’re both diuretics, and that could also lead to medical issues.” The effects of stimulant chemicals mask the initial intoxicated feeling and eventually fade away. In the meantime, as sense perception is hazy, a person may drink to the point of excess, inducing alcohol poisoning as the caffeine wears off. “For one, it’s cheap,” suggested Tosin Oduwole, a junior at Kean. “Second, depending on the flavor, it tastes quite delightful and third: it gets you messed up quick.” The caffeinated alcoholic drink is sold in colorful cans just shy of 24-ounces and packs 12% alcohol by volume - about four beers worth. With its $2.50 price tag, it’s an affordable way for thrifty students to become inebriated during their nights out. Unfortunately for Oduwole and other “loco” drinkers, they must say goodbye to Four as they now know it. In response to being under deep scrutiny by the F.D.A. trying to ban all prepackaged alcoholic-energy drinks, the Chicagobased Phusion Projects released a public statement on Oct. 16 announcing they were revising their Four Loko formula; the
drink will now be produced omitting the caffeine, guarana and taurine. “I don’t like it at all,” said Wally Guillaume, a junior at Kean who was introduced to the drink by a friend. “I probably had four sips the most, which may have saved my life.” Guillaume left the can in his friends dorm room, parting from the booze ever since. “If you consider the amount of students who are under age and can’t buy a bottle of Ciroc vodka,” added Guillaume, discussing its popularity amongst partying college students. “The only substitute is Four Loko energy.” Measures to change the initial formula of the drink came after it was banned in Washington, Michigan, Utah, Oklahoma, Iowa, and other states, including New York. “We have repeatedly contended—and still believe, as many people through the country- that the combination of alcohol and caffeine is safe,” stated the company’s web address to the public. With the popularity of mixed drinks, such as vodka and Red Bull, whiskeyspiked Irish coffees, Jaegerbombs and other popular party drinks, this chemical combination is still socially acceptable. Whether the demise of traditional Four Loko will put an end to this “craziness” or not, remains uncertain. “We have to be more heedful in what we put in our bodies,“ said Guillaume, offering advice to fellow students. “Protect yourself from drinks like Four Loko. I mean, the name speaks for itself.”
here to the “Beastie Boy” mantra of having the right to party and viewing alcohol as a purveyor of letting good times roll, it faces the distinction of being a conduit for dark times too. “Many times the effects of alcohol are subtle and sometimes we don’t realize that we’ve had ‘too much’ until it’s too late,” Bonilla said.
By Ernst R. Constant
James Weinstein started as a paperboy in the 1960’s, and his passion for journalism eventually led him to become Executive Director of NJ Transit. “Journalism was sort of in my DNA” said James Weinstein. Weinstein, who was invited by the Communication Club, which consists of Communication majors at Kean, discussed his past careers and future plans to a packed classroom of around 40 students on Nov. 23.
“You have to have passion in whatever you’re doing.” Weinstein entertained the audience with a great sense of humor. Weinstein attributes much of his success to the ability to write and listen. His words painted images of his love for journalism, hard work and success, and said passion is also a factor. A graduate of Seton Hall University
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matted to fit within the two-week time frame. Classes are scheduled in four-hour blocks Monday through Friday. Based on information provided by both Theodore and Gubernat, the winter ses-
with a BA in Philosophy, Weinstein spoke about the use of communication in different workplaces. The former Newark News reporter explained his transition from journalist to PR representative and how he eventually moved on to NJ Transit. Weinstein is responsible for the bus, light rail, and commuter rail network. He has over 10,500 employees under his supervision and he continues to operate budgets that total more than $3 billion annually. Prior to being appointed Executive Director in 2010, Mr. Weinstein served as senior vice president of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, the busiest passenger rail line in the nation. “There is nothing in this state that touches everyone, every time such as the transit system,” said Weinstein. And his pride in his work is not unfounded. Weinstein has come very far in his communication efforts and may be an inspiration to young writers with an interest in finding the best scoop. More information on Mr. James Weinstein can be found at http://www.njtpa. org.
sion of 2011-2012 will be expanded to three weeks and more classes are expected to be added. In addition, junior field courses will be made available to education majors during the 2011-2012 winter session.
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Tips for Holiday Travel with Contiki By Laura Urban
‘Tis the Season to be…traveling? As many of us anticipate the nearly month long break we will have away from the tiring schedule of attending classes (unless of course you are taking winter break classes), you may be wondering where you will be spending the holiday season. For some of us, visiting Grandma may be the ultimate holiday destination, but for those of you who crave touring the world with people your own age, the travel services offered by Contiki Holidays may have you packing your bags and heading to the nearest airport. Geared towards travelers between the ages of 18-35, Contiki Holidays, according to their website, has been taking people around the world for over 49 years. “We travel to over 40 countries on five continents,” states their website. Lead by a tour crew, Contiki Holidays allows travelers to pick from 190 itineraries throughout Europe. The company
takes students to countries such as Russia, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, and the United States, as was stated in a press release.
Contiki offers deals that can accommodate even a college student’s wallet. According to the company’s website, some tours can be booked for under $1000. Students can also sign up for a gift registry that can be viewed by family and
“You’ll always find a trip that fits your style”
“Our trips range from 4-45 days, so if you’re a student with winter, spring, or summer breaks or a young professional with tighter vacation time, you’ll always find a trip that fits your style,” said the Contiki Torch, the travel service’s blog.
friends in order to get assistance in paying for your trip, or purchase it as a gift. “The trip registry allows you to register your trip and inform your personal network,” said Contiki Holidays. “Using a registry is much more personal than outright asking for cash. You can register, get the word out early, and receive money to help with the initial costs of the trip.” Like all travel, however, tourists have to be aware of possible safety risks. Although Contiki Holidays stated that violent attacks are rare throughout their customers’ travels, they warn that theft can become a problem. When possible,
they suggest keeping your valuables locked in the hotel safe. “Do not leave your wallet or mobile phone in the back pocket of your pants or anywhere else that’s easily reached, like an outer zip-up compartment on a backpack,” said Contiki Holidays. “Be especially vigilant in markets and other crowded places like ports and train stations.” According to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, you should use the same commonsense traveling overseas as you would at home. “Be especially cautious in, or avoid, areas where you may be more easily victimized,” stated the Bureau of Consular Affairs on their website. “These include crowded subways, train stations, elevators, tourist sites, market places, festivals, and crimeridden neighborhoods.” Remember wherever you go, whether to Grandma’s or to the other side of the world, have a safe and joyous winter break!
Hot Video Games to Give for the Holidays By Eric Albuen
It’s that time of year again. With video games remaining a popular holiday gift, there’s a variety of choices that you can give a loved one this holiday season. Here is my review of what games are hot this year. Let’s start off with the obvious choice here. If you’re into first person shooters at all and missed the train when the game first came out, Call of Duty: Black Ops is a great gift to give a loved one. Developed by Treyarch, the same group that created Call of Duty: World at War, the game brings the charm of Modern Warfare 2 along with all of the rebalances, extra modes, and zombies that anyone could ask for. With a rich multiplayer experience as well as a great campaign mode, this game is sure to make a fan on first person shooters scream with joy when they open their gift on Christmas Day. Call of Duty: Black Ops is available for all major consoles. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is another solid choice for the holidays. The story is a re-imagining of the classic Chinese tale, “Journey to the West.” The video game is set in a post-apocalyptic future where a global war has left robots plaguing the Earth. For those interested in the re-telling of a classic tale, it’s definitely
worth checking this game out. Enslaved can be found on both the XBOX 360 and PlayStation 3. For real enthusiasts, classic video games get another chance at life this year as well.
Nintendo has released several games this year featuring several of their well known characters. Wii’s Super Mario Bros. brings multiplayer to the equation. The game brings more of the classic Mario gaming we know and love and
breathes new life into it. Donkey Kong Country Returns is another one of Nintendo’s classic series that’s made a comeback this year. Developed by Retro Studios, it brings back some
“Seems like this year, what’s old is new again.” of the same platforming fun that the three previous games on the Super Nintendo brought us. With gorgeous graphics, tight controls, and a ramped up difficulty,
this game is sure to challenge even the most veteran of gamers. In the downloadable region of classics, a game as simple as Pacman could even get a new life. Recently, on the XBOX Live Arcade and soon to be released on the Playstation Network, Pacman Championship Edition DX puts a new spin on series as we know it. Ramping up the speed of the game and keeping everything on one board instead of various ones, the game challenges players to eat dots and collect fruit to trigger the other side of the board to fill up. The game switches back and forth, side to side and the ghosts we all know and love constantly give chase to Pacman. The twist this time however are ghosts sleeping along the board. When passed, they’re awoken and start following Pacman around. As the game speeds up and you have up to twenty ghosts following you, a quick thumb and a good reaction time will be needed to succeed and get the high score. This version definitely changes the way we play Pacman. Classic games seem to be getting a new life this year; whether it’s a hero we once knew from the past or a hero we knew with his story being retold in a different light. Seems like this year, what’s old is new again.
12/9 Toys For Tots 12/10 5:00 pm Student Org Council Meeting, UC 228 12/11 9:00 am Breakfast & Cartoons, UC Atrium 10:00 am Gingerbread House Workshop, Liberty Hall Museum 12:00 pm Gingerbread House Workshop, Liberty Hall Museum 12/12 8:00 am Breakfast with Santa, Liberty Hall Museum 10:30 am Breakfast with Santa, Liberty Hall Museum 12/14 3:30 pm Psychology Club Last Fall Meeting, UC 337B 12/19 10:30 am Whoville Feast, Liberty Hall Museum 2:00 pm Whoville Feast, Liberty Hall Museum 12/20 Term Ends
12/9 3:30 pm Department of Music Chamber Music/ Guitar Ensemble, Kean Hall 8:00 pm Latin America Mosaic, Enlow Recital Hall 12/10 8:00 pm Department of Theatre Second Stage, Zella Fry Theatre VE 118 12/11 8:00 pm Department of Theatre Second Stage, Zella Fry Theatre VE 118 12/12 2:00 pm Department of Theatre Second Stage, Zella Fry Theatre VE 118 3:00 pm The Best of Broadway Holiday on Broadway, Enlow Recital Hall 12/18 7:30 pm Baltimore Consort (Folk Music), Enlow Recital Hall
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Intimate Relationships: Game Over? By Carlos Reynosa
Thanks to the 2006 Nintendo Wii, video gamers have become a social community where all ages, races and genders compete from the comfort of their own homes. Friendships have been known to flower from this interactive form of entertainment, but how do video games affect romantic couples? Video gaming is often considered to be a single player sport but couples, all over the world, are playing games together. Still, for those who have only one person in the relationship playing the game, it can be a struggle. Emily Rose Pandlo, a senior at Kean majoring in Communication, recalls the problems with having to share a previous ex-boyfriend with video games. “I wasn’t really seeing him,” Pandlo said.
“It didn’t help because the only way to see him was to play video games and I didn’t like it.” Pandlo would make an effort by including herself in the game, but because she
“The only way to see him was to play video games and I didn’t like it.”
Photo: Carlos M. Reynosa
A couple not communicating
wasn’t serious about gaming like her boyfriend and his friends, she would often get frustrated and give up. On the other hand, Arlies Rodriguez,
Motor ways: BUGATTI BRINGS NEW MEANING to “sedan” By charley falkenburg
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a super sedan? That’s right auto buffs, there’s a sedan coming out that will make Jaguars look like golf carts and Ferraris become midday snacks on the highway. While car manufacturers struggle to create a luxury ride that doesn’t compromise performance, Italians show the world they know best with their latest concoction: the 2012 Bugatti Galibier sedan.
a wife of two years to a dedicated gamer, embraces her husband’s gaming habit. “At first I thought it was weird,” said Rodriguez. “I didn’t understand it, but now I understand it’s a form of entertainment.”
Not only does Rodriguez encourage her husband’s video gaming, but she also plays his games on occasion. She does however find herself frustrated with her husband’s soccer game; and because of her Hispanic background, she feels she should be better at it. Although they weren’t very interested in the games, neither woman express an-
ger towards their partner’s habits. Even after being ignored in phone conversations and having face-to-face dates replaced with intense gaming sessions, Pandlo admits that she feels no resentment towards the games. “If he focused that much on me, I would have felt smothered,” Pandlo said. “You just don’t need that much attention.” And Rodriguez not only loves how her husband’s video games have strengthened their communication, but playing games also means he spends more time with his family at home. “When he didn’t have Play Station 3, he would always go to his friend’s house,” Rodriguez said. “Now I know he is safe at home.”
beauty marked: brush basics and holiday glamour gifts By cellestE valeanu
littered with fuel, RPM, and temperature gauges, the Galibier has only two dials; one displaying speed and the other showing the engine power being used. Bugatti obviously has its priorities in order. Although the Galibier simplifies the interior, it makes up for a lack of buttons and options with quality features. Located on the main dash is the Reverso Tourbillion, (a beautiful analog clock made by
Okay ladies, now that you have taken advantage of the brush set bonanza featured in the previous issue, I’m delivering the basics for brushes and the techniques you can’t live without. Brushes are crucial in achieving award winning looks. With a few basic instructions and a little practice, you can relax and let brushes do the rest. Not only do brushes make products last longer, but they eliminate the need to use your fingers, saving skin from extra oil and dirt. When applying make-up, I like to start with the eyes and then move on to the face in order to steer clear of any fall out from the eye shadow. So you’ve bought the brushes, now what do you do with them?
features 18 classic to vibrant colors to make you fancy from your fingers to your toes. This set can be found in Sephora
“With a few basic instructions and a little practice, you can relax and let brushes do the rest.”
Flat shader brush This brush is used for high color impact. The dense shape of the brush allows you to grasp more intensity when used in a dabbing motion. This brush can be used to apply shadow for the eyelid and brow highlight.
The 2012 Bugatti Galibier concept.
“The Galibier will be the most exclusive, elegant and powerful four door automobile in the world” Just as Pavlov was able to make a dog salivate by ringing a bell, people tremble and drool over the word “Bugatti,” a term associated with raw power, luxury and several little green dollar signs. Although known as the quintessential exotic performance car, Bugatti decided to take a risk with the 2012 Galibier, their first ever luxury sedan. The risk paid off, because four doors have never looked so dreamy. Bugatti takes the mantra “go big or go home” to heart when it comes to the Galibier. This sedan spares no room under the hood with the W16 engine, the same engine used in the 2011 Bugatti Veyron. The only difference is that the Galibier utilizes two superchargers instead of the four turbochargers used in the Veyron. Either way, this 8 liter with 16 cylinders is estimated to push out anywhere from 800 to 1,000 horsepower, according to Automobilemag. com. That’s enough power to put a Lambourghini to shame. With the ability to reach 220 mph, this engine seems like a match made in horsepower heaven, and focuses mainly on luxury. The inside of the car takes a simple yet classy approach. While most cars are
Swiss fine watch creator Parmigiani). This unique timepiece is removable and can be worn on the wrist with a leather strap allowing the owner to connect with the Galibier in and outside of the driver’s seat. The Galibier doesn’t just stop at the interior. While most of the body is constructed of hand made carbon fiber, the wing and doors are made up of polished aluminum making the sedan play “a leading role in the use of new material combinations,” according to Ultimatecarpage.com. Bugatti will start producing an exclusive 300 Galibiers in late 2012 after the Veyron production finishes in the sole Bugatti factory in Molseim, France. The Galibier will go for about a whopping $1.6 million, making it a tad thriftier than the 2011 Bugatti Veyron’s $2.4 million price tag. “The Galibier will be the most exclusive, elegant and powerful four door automobile in the world,” Bugatti stated. With its massive high output engine, luxurious quality, and exclusive quantity, the 2012 Galibier sedan will have no problems accomplishing this feat faster than a speeding bullet.
Tapered blending brush This brush features a dome shape that allows the brush to fit perfectly into the crease or fold of the eye. Using this brush in circular, press or drag motion techniques creates a well blended look due to its fluffy bristles. Duo fiber brush This two-tone fluffy brush creates instant flawless skin. For an airbrushed effect, just dab on a little liquid or cream foundation and use the brush in a circular motion. Large powder brush After applying liquid products to the face, use this large dense fluffy brush to apply the setting and bronzing powders. To achieve a well blended and even look, use the brush in a stippling and dabbing motion on the entire face. A smaller version of a powder brush may be used for applying blush to the apples of the cheeks. Now that you’re a master at the brushes, let’s focus on the holidays. For all my make-up fanatics on the way to becoming artists, this season is the best time to take advantage of the savings in the cosmetic department. The Sephora mini nail polish set by OPI
Photo: Celleste Valeanu
Holiday eye shadow pallet flat shader, tapered blending, duo fiber, and powder brushes.
stores and website for $48. For those on a tight budget, you can create your own nail goodie basket for under $20. Make sure to include a clear top coat polish, a color nail polish and a five piece mini manicure set from Ulta retail stores and website. Fragrances are super personal, but they can be the perfect gift for a loved one that enjoys a specific cologne and perfume. After browsing on the Sephora website, I stumbled upon a bunch of savings on fragrance sets that include gifts with purchases. Most sets are priced from $50 and up depending on the brand, but overall they are at value prices. Every year MAC Cosmetics introduces holiday eye shadow pallets and lip gloss sets for $28.50 and up, so make sure to visit www.MACCosmetics.com. Happy holidays my dashing dolls, see you next year!
PERMEABLE MATTER - THE COHEN EXHIBIT By Ayana Gibbs
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
CRAWLING THROUGH MUD
By BRIAN KONCHALSKI
Talk about weird family dynamics—how about growing up with the man you will eventually marry? If you are lucky, you may have the romance of a life time. If not, you may end up like May, the main character in Kean’s Student Stage Production, Mud. Mud takes place in the rural Appalachian Mountains, and centers around three characters, May played by Robyn Lee-Horn, Lloyd performed by Justin Reynolds, and David Farrington cast as Henry. Kean’s small performance is made up of a cast of only students, Director Lisette Valentin, Assistant Director Joey Morales, Stage Manager, and Sound Designer Jenna Rafferty. The entire cast and crew are theatre majors. The play was written by playwright Maria Irene Fornes, a Cuban immigrant.
Photo: Lissette Valentin
Left to Right: Robyn Lee-Horn as May, Justin Reynolds as Lloyd, and David Farrington as Henry.
“It’s a very gritty play. She uses raw language,” Valentin said, referring to the writer of the play. “It helps make the characters come alive and a bit more relatable.” The play revolves around May, the main character, and the events of her life, beginning with the story of her romance with character Lloyd.
Four years and many sleepless nights later, the Nancy Cohen exhibit Permeable Matter is now open for display. Strung pieces of handmade pulp paper held together by crocheted fishing line, metal scraps and glass line the walls of the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery in the CAS, engulfing visitors in an unconventional world of art. Cohen, an established New Jersey artist, began the wall hanging and pedestal sculpture in 2006, ultimately finishing in 2010. Each piece was done by hand. From the blind eye, the artwork can look like pieces of scraps thrown together. However, once engaged the craftsmanship and intimate details of the artwork become
more apparent. “My inspiration comes mostly from the landscape and environment around us”, said Cohen. The largest sculpture hangs from the ceiling to the floor and is an abstract view of the Hudson River, where the salt water meets the fresh water. “For the last 3 or 4 years I have been doing a lot of my work on rivers in or around New York and New Jersey just thinking about the ecosystem and how fragile it is, but also the beauty and futility,” Cohen said. Cohen said the pieces in the exhibit can take up to six months to create and making art is a slow process sometimes. She also gains ideas for upcoming pieces before she finishes her current project as well. “I sort of always know what my next project will be because one idea leads into the next,” said Cohen. Throughout the exhibit, the tedious project of creating handmade paper is used consistently. Kean offers an introductory class to teach students about the process in Fine Arts courses. “We’re not a commercial gallery, we’re an educational gallery; our first purpose is to educate the student body of fine arts but we also serve the greater surrounding area,” said Lisa Conrad, Graduate Assistant. With such elaborate art, one could only imagine how the curators were able to get every sculpture in one piece. “We use a specific company through campus that helps ship the art work which can be costly, but they’re professionals and they know what they’re doing,” said Conrad. This cost wasn’t outlined in this school year’s budget. Before the semester is over, be sure to take a look at the exhibit. The gallery is open to the public until Dec. 20. For more information visit www.kean.edu/~gallery/.
“To fully grasp the work one is tempted to touch.”
“Lloyd and May grew up together with that brother and sister kind of bond,” said Valentin. “It turned into a romantic type of relationship and they eventually get married.” Lloyd keeps May down and prevents her from becoming literate, but only because Lloyd is not quite right in the head. May is desperate to improve her situation and has a strong desire to gain some other kinds of information. “May believes that through knowledge she can truly be free,” Valentin said. “It is May’s way of getting out of the Mud.” May gains a passion for chasing knowledge after meeting Henry, played by David Farrington, an older gentleman. Henry soon replaces Lloyd as May’s love interest. “She admires Henry’s knowledge,” Valentin said. “But it turns out that May [is] actually smarter than Henry.” When Henry gets into an accident and becomes paralyzed, May feels that both men are holding her back. Who will she chose, if anyone? You’ll have to see for yourself. To see what happens to May, Llyod, and Henry, check out the production of Mud. It will be running Dec. 9 through Dec. 12 in the Zella-Fry Theater in Vaughn-Eames. Admission is free.
Photos: Ayana Gibbs
“May believes that through knowledge she can truly be free.”
SCI-FI GAMING AND THE MASS EFFECT
By Eric albuen
Despite being released almost three years ago, I feel it’s necessary to talk about Mass Effect. After putting it off for several months, I finally beat this game and it has easily become one of my favorite video game series. With two more games succeeding this one, the story becomes one intense sci-fi RPG adventure, with aliens, spaceships, intergalactic warfare and all the bells and whistles in between. As the story begins on the SSV Normandy, Mass Effect follows Commander Shepard, The ship is on its way to Eden Prime, a human colony, to pick up a beacon once used by the Protheans, an extinct race of aliens. The mission is to test Shepard’s ability and to give him a chance to become a Spectre, a group of agents entrusted to maintain the balance of galactic stability.
his race is allowed to breed, the numbers will grow and due to their violent history put the galaxy at risk. Shepard can either convince him to go along with the mission at hand, or kill him. Any decision made in here will have some sort of affect in the next game as well. The dead character will never appear in the second game, but if he’s kept alive, the game takes a different twist. From huge decisions concerning the lives of major characters to a completed mission that affects a side character, every little decision plays some sort of role in the next. With the final chapter of the game dawning everything that has been done in Mass Effect one and two will end up playing a major role in the third game. Whether you’re into third person shooters like Gears of War, or a deep story with a “choose your own adventure” feel, I recommend the Mass Effect games to everyone. With thousands of different outcomes, no two playing experiences will ever be the same. I happily give this game an .
“With thousands of different outcomes, no two playing experiences will ever be the same.” The mission turns when Eden Prime is suddenly attacked. Shepard learns the attack was lead by Saren Arterius, a top agent Spectre. The superiors are reluctant to believe that Saren would betray them, but after Shepard’s investigation they see he’s gone rogue and Shepard is awarded Spectre status to hunt down Saren and bring him to justice. Soon enough, this goes from taking one man down to saving a whole galaxy from extinction. What makes Mass Effect unique is how different choices affect the outcome of the story. Every decision will some how sweeten or sour the effect of some other plot or event. For example, a team member argues that if Shepard doesn’t destroy the compound he’s about to raid, his race will no longer have any hope of survival. If
guess who’s coming to dinner? (holiday style guide) Christmas Carols playing in the background as you sip on a cup of spiced apple cider. What are you wearing? A fun party dress, a flirty cocktail number, or the knitted dress grandma gave you? How about you guys? The suit you wore for prom—let’s hope that never happens. The holidays are about the 3 F’s: family, food, and fashion! It’s the end of the year which marks the beginning of a new one in which your style should evolve. No one wants to be under the mistletoe
fashion By ayana gibbs
The elevated shoe will give you a va-vavoom look that accentuates the pant. This holiday season, it’s all about being effortlessly fashionable; and that includes men. Guys, just because you’re meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time does not mean you have to wear a suit. A pair of sleek fit dress pants, crisp button up, skinny tie— black is so debonair—will be the basics for the holiday. You can pair the outfit with a shawl sweater cardigan and even a nice scarf. A peacoat is always trendy and will help define your look. As far as a shoe, you can be edgy and pair your outfit with a boot such as Sebago Nexus Project Boots—eclectic mixture of a suede/leather boot and loafer—or stay classic and wear a leather wingtip shoe. With the perfect outfit, you’ll be working the room as if it was your own personal runway, giving air kisses to everyone. It’s the holidays, so as designer Bill Blass says, “When in doubt, wear red!”
that will embrace your ample features. Also, invest in Spanx; they will help nip and tuck where needed giving you a
looking like wrapping paper. Try to find an outfit that represents your style that stays away from the ridiculous prints. For the ladies, it’s time to throw on a pair of pumps—not too high though, must beware of eggnog with too much “holiday spirit.” If you have a thin silhouette, I suggest a metallic flapper dress. The layers are fun; just add a statement bracelet or cocktail ring to finish off the look. Curvy? Don’t fear! Try a form fitting dress in a bold color such as plum, forest green, winter white, or burnt orange
“When in doubt, wear red”—Bill Blass
From stylishly functional, to feathery fun and curvaciously fitting, three styles for the holidays.
much cleaner look. If you’re not too keen on dresses, try satin skinny pants with a platform shoe.
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EDITORIAL AND ANOTHER SEMESTER BITES THE DUST Can you believe it’s already December? The end of the semester? It feels like only yesterday my hands were shaking as I prepared for my first meeting as Editor-in-Chief, meeting a ton of new students and braving the new role with a little bit of insecurity. I feel as though this semester has changed me as a person. I’ve always been an organized individual, but now I feel as though my organizational skills have been taken to a new level. I’ve gained friendships I’ll continue to cherish and develop and I’ve seen so many students, who were already gifted, excel to another level. In the beginning of the semester I wrote to the student body asking for their input; to send me opinion articles or take a stab at journalism. I couldn’t be happier with the turn-out. Our staff has grown tremendously and The Tower has spread its wings in numerous ways. With the introduction of our website, we look forward to bringing you more news more frequently. Facebook and Twitter has allowed us a way to get a faster response from the campus in regards to articles you liked, disliked, or want more of. I’ve seen this newspaper change and am looking forward to bigger and better things in the spring semester. The sky is the limit after all. So I close this issue, this semester, with a thank you to my staff and my editors for a job well done. It hasn’t been easy, trying to get a routine going considering how much has and continues to change. And I thank the campus for showing their appreciation for our hard work. Good luck on your finals, have a great winter-break (or good luck in your winter classes for those taking advantage of the extra term), and I’ll see you all in 2011!
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OP-ED A UNIQUE GIFT IDEA—ANIMAL GIFTS By RACHEL ROTHSPAN
Have you ever thought of giving anybody a cow for Christmas? It probably isn’t topping off the Christmas lists of your friends and families, but it may be the perfect gift to give to someone in need this season. As the holidays approach, generosity seems to rise and many feel the desire to donate to a good cause, giving a little to those who are struggling.
gifts that help to revitalize a farming family. Many of these gifts can be animals—$18 buys 3 ducks, $25 buys 2 chickens, and $100 buys a goat. While it may seem strange to give animals to a family as a gift, the livestock allows them to get their farms and income back to healthy. In addition to the animals, small donations can buy music and art kits for children, soccer balls for
“While it may seem strange to donate animals to a family, the livestock allows them to get their farms and income back to healthy.” While charities such as St. Jude and the March of Dimes are great local ways to donate, it can be nice to look a little outside the box. Thanks to a company called World Vision, outside the box can be restoring the livelihood of a family. World Vision is an organization “dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice,” according to their website. They allow people to help to serve children and their families in other countries by donating to them in numerous ways. World Vision is most known for their sponsora-child program, in which a person can “adopt a child” and pay their living expenses from across the world. Sponsoring a child through World Vision costs about $35 a month, and is a long term commitment. But many college students aren’t ready for such a responsibility and so World Vision offers one-time
schools, and even provide warm clothing. A little more can help to get a small business started, or even to save young women from bad situations. These kinds of donations do more than just make someone feel good—they help to get humanity back on its feet. Looking for a unique gift this year? World Vision sponsors a fund called the Maximum Impact Fund which gives to the most urgent needs of children around the world, and can be donated in someone’s name. Upon request, World Vision will send a card explaining what’s been done to help out to the recipient. Various amounts result in small gifts to be given as well. Whether you’re looking for a new good cause, thinking about making a big impact, or even just looking for a unique gift, consider World Vision and what they have to offer. Check them out at www. worldvision.com and see what kind of holiday spirit you can get into!
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CORRECTION In an article titled “Grant for 3D Projection Room” on Page 3 in the November issue of The Tower, Dr. Russell Manson a professor at Stockton State College was mistakenly identified as Dr. Paul Croft, a professor at Kean University. Dr. Croft was not interviewed for the article. The Tower regrets the error.
The Tower | Dec. 9, 2010 - Feb. 9, 2011
OP-ED KEAN STUDENT SALUTES COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT By MIchael milazzo
At a time when public colleges are under siege from budget cuts by the state, a letter of thanks is due to the schools. If not for Kean University, and its Communication department, I would not be on the path to success that I now find myself on. My college career began in 2000 and after five semesters, four majors, and several improvident choices, I left the educational system to work full-time. With a quiet personality, I lacked the confidence to fight for the success I desired. Eventually I worked my way back to school, enrolling in Kean University to branch out and expand my experiences outside of Middlesex County. I came to Kean for a simple reason, but the school’s profound effect on my outlook changed
my life more than I could have expected. Prior to arriving at Kean, I viewed education as a dull requirement of life and went through classes as such. However, my personal growth began through learning to take the perspective of others, helping me to develop friendships and help others. This allowed my interpersonal skills; skills that help enhance career prospects, to grow without being hindered by my own insecurities. Until enrolling at Kean, the world revolved around me, but the Communication department at Kean helped me change that point of view. I gained a sense of community and began volunteering at the Speech Lab in the CAS building, helping others develop the same communication and argumentation skills that I had gained. All the while, I learned that help-
ing others can be a rewarding experience. Lastly, the professors at Kean are wonderful educators, as well as compassionate individuals. At times I struggled to main-
“I consider the empathetic professors are Kean’s most important asset in its development of intellectual students. tain a balance between school and work, but the professors in the Communication department were always available for any question I had related to class and in some cases an ear to listen to problems that oc-
curred outside of school. I consider the empathetic professors are Kean’s most important asset in its development of intellectual students. My true education began as my childish, self-centered persona faded and I matured thanks to the environment found at Kean University. Now, as I stand at the brink of graduation I feel that Kean University deserves thanks. I arrived afraid of failure. When I graduate in May of 2011, I will leave as a confident student who has made a name for himself. I was recently accepted to law school at Georgetown University because of the skills and abilities learned at Kean University. Most importantly, I leave as a more intelligent and caring person who is ready to be a leader.
THE UNSPOKEN REALITY OF SOULMATES By Megan Muller
Love. It’s not supposed to be easy. If it were, you’d take it for granted. That rush you experience in the beginning, the butterflies when you kiss and the nonstop smiling is a rush and a natural high that is bound to bring any person out of the dumps. When you’re in love the sun shines a little brighter, the birds chirp a little sweeter and every day is better than the last. But let’s be realistic here, sometimes things don’t go as planned and that love doesn’t last. The ending of a relationship is a big fall from that love-sick high to the heart-broken low. Losing someone you believed to be your soul mate is devastating. But what
is a soul mate? As defined by dictionary.com, a soul mate is a person with whom one has a strong affinity. The word love isn’t in that
“But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back” definition. Neither is romantic, physical, sexual, etc. Does that mean that a soul mate does not need to offer a connection on a romantic level? “Eat, Pray, Love,” a memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert, chronicles a trip
around the world after she divorced. The book talks about the different lessons she had learned in each of the three countries that she visited. Italy allowed her to enjoy eating and life (eat), India helped Gilbert find her spirituality (pray), and Bali showed her balancing the two and helped her find love (love). In the book, Gilbert suggests a passage about soul mates. Offering the possibility that not only will your soul mate not be a romantic partner, the one you’re supposed to spend the rest of your life with, but you will have more than one throughout your journey. Soul mate. We have many. They come and show us excitement; they leave and show us distress. They indirectly teach us a lesson, showing us that some-
thing was missing and we couldn’t get it from a store. It’s an easy misconception, putting too much focus on finding that one great love. You hit a certain age Someone will show up and pull the plug on that biological clock, reminding you to focus on yourself and put that trust back into yourself to create happiness and reach your goals; it’s too risky to lean on someone else for that. However, when their job is done they will move on. Don’t be upset, instead rejoice. Know that every person that walks out of your life helps you stand a little bit taller; getting you one day closer to the person you are destined to be.
TO ROCK OR NOT TO ROCK By Casey Murphy
“Oh! My daughter likes that Metal stuff. She listens to The Avenged Sevenfold.” I tried my hardest not to cringe at the words “metal” and “Avenged Sevenfold” being used to describe each other. After all, the man had to be around my father’s age and probably didn’t know much when it came to today’s music. I don’t know the man’s reason for starting a conversation with me and my two friends, but we were in New York City after all and anything is possible. Plus, we were on our way to a Blind Guardian concert, a fantasy metal band from Germany. The days before the concert, there was little else I could think of, but a comment
made by a friend at work set my mind reeling on another topic. “Who listens to rock music anyway,” she asked. She has a point. It doesn’t help that there are several different genres of rock and metal including country rock, pop punk, soft rock, rap metal, and even nintendocore. So, it’s not surprising that people can become confused between rock and metal. I’m not trying to say I’m an expert when it comes to rock and metal music, because I’m not. There are some bands that I wouldn’t consider rock that the music world does. What I wonder is why people don’t seem to look farther than the United States for rock and metal mu-
sic. I never used to until my boyfriend introduced me to several bands from Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands, all of which I now listen to on a regular basis. But it’s hard for me to engage in a con-
“I wonder why people don’t seem to look farther than the United States for rock and metal music.” versation about bands considering I don’t generally listen to the same music everyone else listens to. I’ve recently been introduced to a web-
site, www.last.fm, which keeps record of every song you listen to on your computer through Windows Media Player, Winamp, or your iPod. It also shows neighbors and users of the site who listen to the same bands you do. I have 50 neighbors and approximately 43 of them are from Europe. It seems to me that last.fm is trying to tell me something. All my favorite bands play in Europe. Almost all their fans are in Europe so maybe I should be too. But I won’t. Instead, I’d like to see everyone go out of their music box and listen to one band they never thought they would listen to. It might have a greater affect on you than you expect.
The Tower staff wishes you a very happy holiday season!!!
Dec. 9, 2010 - Feb. 9, 2011 | The Tower
HEALTH & FITNESS FUN FACTS ABOUT OUR AMAZING BODIES By DR. JOSH PALGI
The human body is made up of head, neck, torso, two arms, and two legs. The human body is made to stand erect, walk on two feet, and use the arms to carry and lift. It is an amazing body that can run 100 yard dash in 9.58 seconds, high jump 8 feet and a ½ inch, long jump 29 feet and 4 ½ inches, run a marathon in 2:03.59 hours, and power lift 579.8lbs. But did you know that: • • • • • • • •
A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s Women blink twice as often as men It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open That right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people The tips of fingers and soles of feet are covered by a thick, tough layer of skin called stratum corneum You’re born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206 Fingernails grow four times faster than toenails! Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different! You burn 26 calories in a one minute kiss
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The science of kissing is called philematology Relative to size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles (274 km) per hour The average life of a taste bud is ten days There are 10 human body parts that are only three letters long (eye, hip, arm, leg, ear, toe, jaw, rib, lip and gum) If you go blind in one eye you only lose about one fifth of your vision, but all of your sense of depth The average human head weighs about 8 pounds Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails The average surface of the human intestine is 656 square feet (200m) Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart If you are right-handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen
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that enters your bloodstream A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm About one third of the human race has 20-20 vision The largest internal organ is the small intestine We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening
A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s. • • • • •
The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger The most common blood type in the world is Type O It is not possible to tickle yourself The indentation in the middle of the area between the nose and the upper lip has a name. It is called the philtrum. Humans are the only animals to produce emotional tears When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man
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We have four basic tastes. The salt and sweet taste buds are at the tip of the tongue, bitter at the base, and sour along the sides The liver is the largest of the body’s internal organs. The skin is the body’s largest organ. The length from your wrist to your elbows is the same as the length of your foot On average, people can hold their breath for about one minute. The world record is 21 minutes and 29 seconds by David Merlini. Approximately two-thirds of a person’s body weight is water. Blood is 92% water. The brain is 75% water and muscles are 75 % water. As you age, your eye color gets lighter man’s testicles manufacture 10 million new sperm cells each day— enough that he could repopulate the entire planet in only six months! During a 24-hour period, the average human will breathe 23,040 times The heart weighs less than one pound. The average weight for women is eight ounces and for men ten ounces
So, let’s do our best to keep this amazing body of ours fit and healthy. Dr. Josh Palgi is a professor in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Health Department.
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR BODY: HEALTH PERSPECTIVES FOR MEN AND WOMEN By Casey Murphy
If you walk into Hennings Hall room 432 on a Tuesday or Thursday at 11 a.m. you may think you’ve stepped into a social gathering rather than a class. Health Perspectives for Women, taught by Professor Nixon of the Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Health Department, focuses on understanding the health of women from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and disability. However, this course does not completely focus on lecture. Students listen to their classmates and share their own experiences in order to connect what they are reading in the text with real life. “The class is interesting and a lot of fun,” said Rochelle Trochez, a Psychology major and senior at Kean who is taking Health Perspectives for Women this semester. “Even though I already know stuff about women’s health, this course built on what I already knew.” Students admit that the only problem with the course is there are very few men in the class. What started out as two men in a class of 23 women slowly dwindled to one. During the first class of the semester, Nixon said that men generally enjoyed the Women’s Health course. Then why is it so difficult to keep men interested in the health of the women in their lives? When Thaddeus Haley, a freshman at Kean, heard about the course, he was intrigued. Currently an undecided major,
he said it would be a class he would like to check into. “I would take Health Perspectives for Women,” said Haley. “Maybe I can help other people with their health, like keeping my mother and family healthy.”
“I believe if men know about women and women know about men, their lives will be much easier.” If its discrimination men feel, by next year it will no longer be an issue. In Fall 2011 and Spring 2012, Health Perspectives for Men will be offered alongside Health Perspectives for Women. “Men’s health will explore the social, political, and theoretical underpinnings of men’s health from an international and interdisciplinary perspective,” said Nixon. Some of the course topics will include perspectives of masculinity and health in academic literature, HIV/AIDS, influence of culture on alcohol and masculinity, male relationships and sexuality, influence of race and class on masculinity with particular focus on immigrant and refugee men, and men’s role as single parents. “Us men need knowledge of the things that are important in life,” said Haley. “I believe if men know about women and women know about men, their lives will be much easier.”
DVD vending machine outside of the bookstore in the University Center.
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Celie’s Sister Finds Herself By Ashley Anderson
Typically, black hair is of the deepest and darkest, most solid texture. Black hair; one of the most immensely distinguishing characteristics of an ethnic culture— my culture. For years, black hair had become one of the only aspects of my culture that I had been encouraged not to embrace, up until recently. Choosing to give up the “creamy crack”, as the leading natural stylists have coined chemical relaxer treatments, was one of the most fussed over choices of my entire life. Popular culture teaches us at a very young age that raw, untreated tresses are not ideal hair. I remember singing in the mirror, brush in one hand and Barbie doll in the other, bending forward to pretend my long flowing towel was my hair, and then twisting it just so. History tells us that even as slaves, African women with longer, looser or more defined curls were held to a higher privilege because they had “good hair.” Even now it is common to hear that men and women in the work force cut their locks or straighten their hair because they do not want to seem unkempt or unsatisfactory. One summer day, I chose to transition, a term used to express the natural journey of going from chemically treated perms or color to literally returning to “their roots”. Most times, this is a longer process which includes some feelings of withdrawal if the wearer has become dependent on chemical hair products. From Bantu knots, to twist outs, to flat irons, my journey into transition became like a part time job. The process changed me. My mindset was different. I had evolved into someone who was no longer concerned with the superficial pop culture way of living, and I began concentrating on my internal worth. Then, it was time for the Big Chop. February 2010 highlighted my hair journey, as the trip began in the summer of 2009. Youtube became my weapon of choice. Streaming through tutorial after tutorial of How-to’s on natural hairstyling and cutting off dead ends, product reviews and other naturalista hair journeys, I found myself ready to execute my decision. My verdict: I would sport a Teeny Weenie
Afro (TWA). As independent and defiant as I am, I walked to downtown Elizabeth and purchased my first pair of shears at a local hair shop. Over one long, hot summer weekend the length of my hair went from about 12 inches of processed, chemically infused, and heat damaged hair, to the tallest two to three inches of TWAframed glory anyone has ever seen. It was me: naked, true, and completely peculiar. Even though there were only about two inches on my head, I loved every millimeter! The style not only fit my face, but it matched my personality. I was bald and
my baby sister, who is of a much lighter complexion and wears her hair in micro-braids. She smirked and exclaimed “Woah!!” My heart pounding, I walked into the kitchen where my mother and brother prepared the dinner table. “Ashley! What did you DO?” rushed to my ears. Now the celebration was ruined, and my mother was fuming. My brother proceeded to laugh and point hysterically, taunting me. Truthfully, The Color Purple is one of my favorite films, but I would rather not be referred to as “Celie’s twin,” “Celie 2000”, or “Celie’s sister” in my own house.
My friends understood that I had started a new journey in my life, and in essence gave myself a right of passage. Since then, they have even helped me to gather information for my personal hair journal. As I continue on the journey, even after transition, I am motivated to press forward by the pictures, quotes, and articles that we have collected for my journal. It keeps me sane as I track my growth, try out new products and styles, and helpful techniques along the way. Through this, what I’ve discovered is that my hair decision is actually part of an epidemic! Men and women everywhere, of all cultures and ages are embracing their natural splendor. Hairstylists and chemists are modifying traditional products once used on natural, kinky, African hair to better suit a wider selection of consumers across all ethnicities. The natural state
“Popular culture teaches us at a very young age that raw, untreated tresses are not ideal hair.”
Student Ashley Anderson before with straight hair (left), and after au natural (right).
bold and beautiful. Most of all, I was free from everyone else’s expectation of what I should be. After my 21st birthday weekend, I figured it would be nice to surprise my family with the new look at a dinner celebration. For me, school is in Union, NJ and home is in Trenton, NJ and there is no automobile in between. Traveling home during the semester is a rare occasion. There is always some to-do about young African American females cutting their hair, or choosing to wear it in its rawest form. Little did I know, as a second year college student about to face the workforce, the judgment I feared most growing up would come from my own home. When I walked in the door I was met by
Still, I held some hope for my “fro” to impress my close friends. They had always known me to be one of the most fashionably audacious of our crowd. To them, my new hair wasn’t a surprise. With them, my real celebration began as I pulled up into the driveway. Greeting me with the most sincere hugs and smiles, they each complemented the new hairdo. “You are so bold! I’ve wanted to go natural for so long,” one friend disclosed in awe. Not long before I made it into the house to peel off my winter garments, it was picture time. All the while, each one of my dearest comrades assured my decision with their own hair stories. The night flew by with intellectual conversation of culture, ethnicity, and identity in the air.
of kinks and curls are nothing new or exclusive to any culture, however, the choice to embrace the rawness has become a universal choice dependent on what is most popular in society. My product of choice: Miss Jessie’s Original natural hair care line. For over twenty years, the line has specialized in the styling and maintenance of kinky and curly hair of all textures. Recently, it seems to me that more people are buying into the concept. It is safe to say that more currently; there is a much wider population of our individuals in our society that support the idea of presenting the naked self. This presence disproves the misconception that in order to possess a certain level of professional formality, you cannot wear your hair in its natural state. Furthermore, it proves that in order to appeal to a professional network or even mainstream society, one’s culture does not have to be neutralized. And to think, before this, I never saw hair as that big of a deal.
Kean Students Can Go To Europe With Communication Class Kean University students can spend spring break in Europe—visiting Dublin, Wales, London and Paris—and earn college credit along the way as part of a course offered by the Department of Communication. The 10-day trip is also open to participants who simply want to take advantage of an incredibly good package that includes airfare, hotels, all inter-city rail and bus transportation, breakfast and dinner, museum fees and tips. The course, Communication 4880, is one of several Travelearn courses being offered by the University this spring. Students who qualify for financial aid can apply their aid to the trip provided that they enroll in the course. The trip includes visits to some of the most famous museums and historic sites in Europe: the Book of Kells, Trinity College, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe¸ and more. For 10 days, participants will be immersed in European culture. Students will learn how the American press was shaped centuries ago by philosophers who paved the way for what was then the revolutionary idea of news free of government control. Students will visit international news organizations to learn first-hand the challenges facing these operations and how they are responding to the sweeping changes brought on by technology and social forces that have undercut American newspapers.
Space is still available on the trip for both those wishing to earn academic credit and those traveling for pleasure. Friends and family are welcome. Flyers with more trip details are available in CAS 402 and on bulletin boards across campus. Anyone interested should contact Gabriel Gluck, an adjunct professor in the Communication department, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The program fee for the trip is $3,137. All participants need to register and send a deposit to ACIS(www.acis.com) to lock in price. Full payment is due by Dec. 1 but may be extended to Jan. 24 by enrolling in payment plan. Prices do not include any academic course fees or tips. Participants must also register with Center for International Studies in Kean Hall. Those wishing to go on the trip should contact the Center for International Studies(CIS) in Kean Hall as soon as possible. Students utilizing financial aid must get their paperwork in immediately. There is also a $150 fee to CIS. University forms may be downloaded from the CIS website (http://cie.kiean. edu/~cis). Payment for the trip is made directly to ACIS, www.acis.com. Students wishing to register for the academic course, which will meet on several Monday nights during the spring semester, should stop by the Dept. of Communication office, CAS 402, for the necessary registration information from Department Chairman Dr. Christopher Lynch.
Dec. 9, 2010 - Feb. 9, 2011 | The Tower
Ronaldo or Messi ... Who’s Better By Aydin Reyhan
The big debate in soccer today is who the better soccer star is: Christiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? Both play in one of the best soccer leagues in Europe, La Liga—the top flight in Spain. Messi plays for Barcelona and Ronaldo plays for its heated arch-rival, Real Madrid. Ronaldo is tall, quick, strong, and has a good eye for the goal. Messi, on the other hand, is short, fast, and dribbles very well. Both players are blessed with talent, but the question of who is a better player still remains unanswered. During the 2009-2010 season, Barcelona defeated Real Madrid at home 1-0 in a game where Messi could have easily made it 2-0. Ronaldo had just returned from injury and was unable to make the impact he wanted to. When Barcelona visited the nation’s
capital, Madrid, Barcelona tasted victory once again, this time thanks to a 2-0 margin with goals from Pedro Rodriguez and of course Messi himself. Ronaldo was unable to make an impact in either of the two games, but Messi marked his territory
teams, Ronaldo and Messi also play for their countries. Ronaldo plays for Portugal and Messi for Argentina. During this past summer’s World Cup games, Messi was unable to find the net for Argentina and Ronaldo was only able to score one goal
“When these two talented athletes meet on the field, all true soccer fans should witness the excitement.” Photo: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images
Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
with a goal in Madrid. In Spain’s national paper, Marca, the Madrid based article posted an article that claimed “Too much Messi for CR9.” Besides playing for their respective club
against North Korea. Be that as it may, they are still considered the best players on their respective national teams. These two players are known as the best in the world. Ronaldo first became a superstar when he played for Manchester
United where he won a UEFA Champions League title and three English Premier League titles. Messi has been playing for Barcelona since he was a teenager and has won two UEFA Champions League titles and four La Liga titles with the Spanish champions. Personally, Ronaldo is my favorite player of the two. Since his Manchester United days before arriving to Madrid, his goals and assists has brought me and the world of soccer inspiration. However when playing against Messi and Barcelona, he still has to prove his worth. Messi always shines in the Real Madrid-Barcelona derby with his teammates equally as impressive, while Ronaldo and his team still need time to gel as a team. When these two talented athletes meet on the field, all true soccer fans should witness the excitement.
SPORTS CALENDAR 12/13 7:00 pm 12/18 3:00 pm 12/21 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 12/31 1:00 pm
Men’s Basketball vs University of Scranton Men’s Basketball vs Albright College Men’s Basketball vs Desales University Women’s Basketball vs University of Scranton Women’s Basketball vs Illinois Wesleyan University
The Tower | Dec. 9, 2010 - Feb. 9, 2011
Kean Sports Optimism Despite Rough Season By Matt Chin
Two of Kean University’s sports teams struggled this year; the football team finished 5-5, and the women’s soccer team finished out the season 9-6-4. “I think we’re better than 9-6-4,” said women’s soccer coach Brian Doherty. Both teams played at a high level this year, but sometimes things didn’t fall the way either team expected them to. “We didn’t catch a lot of breaks this year,” said Doherty. “Rutgers Newark came up here and their starting keeper is injured. We go up 1-0, lightning comes and we have to cancel the game. They come back and their starting keeper is with them and she’s pulling balls left and right. She was amazing.” The football team’s mistakes were a little more self-inflicted. “It was the little mistakes and the little
things that we didn’t do. It’s hard sending the seniors off; the seniors that got the program to where it is today,” said defensive back Billy Kvalheim. Even though neither team had a stellar season, both teams received veteran leadership from the seniors on their teams. “With the leadership that we have coming back - the players, coaching staff - we should be on our way to having a good season,” said Kvalheim. For Doherty, this is one of the most close-knit team’s he has ever coached. “We went on a trip to Costa Rica,” said Doherty. “What usually happens is the incoming freshman find that closeness tough to crack. But this year the team did a good job of bringing those freshmen in.” However, both teams are looking forward to the next season and what it may bring. “We have to have that tenacity,” said
Men’s Soccer Team Captures NJAC By Nicole Von Gonten
Everyone’s heard the saying, “There’s No I in Team.” Tony Ochrimenko, head coach of the Kean University men’s soccer team, has his own motto, “Together Everyone Achieves More.” With that motto in the back of their minds, the members of the men’s soccer TEAM achieved its greatest accomplishment in a generation; winning the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship. This was the team’s first championship since 1988. The road to the NJAC Championship was one that was not earned easily. The Cougars fought hard, fighting through injuries and a bit of a rough patch. “Our team started the season at 6- 3-1, and then went into a bit of despair and yet we stayed strong together through three knee injuries,” Ochrimenko said. “We worked our kinks out, went through a time of despair in trying to figure things out, and became a close knit family to help one another out and stay positive throughout the process. Even though it was not easy some days.” After wrapping up the regular season, Kean headed to the NJAC Tournament looking to face some familiar foes. In all three rounds, the Cougars faced some regular season opponents. “We had played all the teams during the regular season and did not fare as well,” Ochrimenko said. “But we knew in our hearts that we could win the NJAC Tournament and we worked toward that goal. You have to believe and we did.” The first two rounds provided nail biter
games. In round one, Kean held onto a 1-0 win against Ramapo College to advance and face William Paterson University in the semifinals. The match against William Paterson would go into double overtime with the teams tied 1-1; in the end penalty kicks decided the winner on this day. The Cougars captured the victory by winning with penalty kicks, finalizing a score of 4-1.
“We knew in our hearts that we could win the NJAC Tournament and we worked toward that goal. You have to believe and we did.” In the championship game, the Cougars faced off against the Conference’s top seed, The College of New Jersey. Kean ranked sixth and faced a double overtime game once again as they battled TCNJ. The game remained scoreless until sophomore Abner Denis netted the game winner, clinching the victory for Kean. After the Cougars captured the NJAC Championship they moved onto the NCAA Division III Tournament – the first time since 2001—where they were knocked out in the first round by the United States Merchant Marine Academy. “We went from number nine in the New Jersey Athletic Conference in 2009, to number one in 2010,” Ochrimenko said. “Some people had said that it could not be done, but we stuck together and proved that it could be done, and we did it.”
Kvalheim. “We have to have that will to do whatever it takes. We’re so close to breaking through and having that season where nobody can stop us.” Kvalheim also viewed the closeness of the football team as a reason to look for-
“We’re so close to breaking through and having that season where nobody can stop us.” ward to next year. “We’re always a tight knit family. No one is ever really coming down on each other. We’re always picking each other up. That’s one of our strongest points.” Doherty viewed his soccer team’s natural athleticism as a reason to be optimistic
for next season. “We’re one of the fastest teams around.” Although, Doherty believes in his team’s athletic ability, he also believes in soccer being played as the beautiful game. “That’s moving the ball. One and two touch. Forward and back, left to right. Keeping it away from the other team to open up opportunities for us to go score,” said Doherty. Doherty does take some responsibility for his team’s struggles throughout the season. “Sometimes I get caught up in our athleticism. I say to my team ‘why are we making this hard? Just take it easy, get the ball forward and let our fast people get on it and go score goals,’” said Doherty. At the end of the day though, both teams play hard. “We never get down on ourselves. We always end up playing hard,” said Kvalheim.
Kean Family Mourns The Loss of Recent Graduate By Daniel Dolochek
Chris Ward was the kind of person who took the problems of others and put them in front of his own. However, you would never know he had any problems of his own because he always had a smile on his face. Chris Ward, 24, a Kean graduate, and three-year letter winner in lacrosse, died on Oct. 26, after suffering injuries from a motor vehicle accident in Franklin Township, NJ. Born in Plainfield, and known to close friends as Wardo, he resided in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick for most of his life. Ward earned his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Kean in 2009. He played in 21 career games on defense and caused 6 turnovers for the Kean lacrosse team. A 2004 graduate of South Brunswick High School, Chris excelled at soccer and lacrosse. He was a team captain in lacrosse his senior year and earned the Viking Award because “he demonstrated great leadership and enthusiasm,” according to former coach, Mark Ziminski. Saif Kawash, a close personal friend of Ward and former classmate at Kean, described him as always putting people before him, no matter how many problems he had of his own. Kawash and Ward became close friends when they were introduced by a mutual friend during sophomore year of high school. “He worked at Jersey Gardens during the holidays and Jason Kidd was there —my sports idol—signing autographs,” Kawash recalled. “Wardo asked to leave work, came to campus, picked me up and told me he had a surprise for me. When we got there we both got autographs and pictures with Jason Kidd.” Kawash remembered Ward by recalling his generous personality. “He had always hoped that every one of his friends would succeed. He was always happy, his life was coming together as he got his career as a teacher going and he had more time for a social life,
everything he hoped for was starting to happen for him.” said Kawash. Chris was currently serving as a longterm substitute teacher for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District in the physical education department for another teacher who was on medical leave.
“Everything he hoped for was starting to happen for him.”
“In his short time with us, students and colleagues grew to like and respect him,” said Principal James Riccobono in a statement. “He was friendly and outgoing and he established very favorable rapport with all who interacted with him.” Chris also worked at the Salt Creek Grille in Princeton for 5 years as well, according to his obituary. Friendly, outgoing, and always the life of the party, Chris will be missed by friends, family, and all those who had the chance to meet him. He is survived by his parents Gregory and Maureen Mohin Ward; a sister Brittany and his two brothers Michael and Stephen.
Dec. 9, 2010 - Feb. 9, 2011 | The Tower
Who Owns New York: The Giant or the Jets?
New York has two football teams: The New York Giants and the New York Jets. However, The Giants are New York’s team. The Jets, on the other hand, are often referred to as “the other team,” in New York. But as recent events have started to unfold, the Jets have started to make a play to claim ownership of New York. The Jets are currently tied in the league for the best record in the National Football League at 9 – 2. The Giants are tied in the middle of the league with many other teams with a record of 7 – 4. Make no mistake about it; the Jets are making a push with Mark Sanchez, it’s sophomore quarterback. But a push is all it can make. New York bleeds blue and white. There are two things that separate the Giants from the Jets – History and Super Bowl titles. And in that regard, the Giants are winning that battle with a score of three Super Bowl wins to the Jets lone Super Bowl title in 1968. That’s right, the last time the Jets won anything was over 40 years ago. The last time the Giants won a Super Bowl championship? Three years ago. The Giants have it’s own franchise quarterback in Eli Manning. Manning, the seventh year quarterback, produced one of the greatest upsets in sports history. In 2007, Manning upset the New England Patriots bid for an undefeated season. Had the Patriots won, it would have been the first time in NFL history that a team completed a season 19 – 0. Not only did Manning win that game and upset the Patriots, he completed one of the most memorable passes in recent history. The catch eventually became known as “the helmet catch.” The only claim to history the Jets can make is the bold prediction made by Joe Namath. In 1968, Namath predicted and guaranteed the Jets would win Super Bowl III. Since then, the Jets have had a few playoffs berths, many losses, but few wins to speak of. In the last decade, the Giants have made the playoffs six times, made it to the Super Bowl twice, and won the Super Bowl once. The Jets, on the other hand, have made it to the post-season five times, but zero Super Bowl appearances. The Giants also have something else the Jets never had—Lawrence Taylor. Up until 1986, there was only one other defensive player to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player of the Year award. Since then, there has been no other defensive player to win that award. That same year, the Giants won their first Super Bowl against John Elway and the Denver Broncos. After that, they won it four years later in 1990 against the Buffalo Bills. Until the Jets win more championships, they can never lay claim to being the best franchise in New York.
Pompous, loud, brash, cocky, winning. The New York Jets can be characterized by any of those terms, but the most important one is winning. The Jets currently have nine wins and two losses . Dubbed “the cardiac kids’ for their thrilling and heart stopping play at the end of games, the Jets have a knack for winning close contests in gripping fashion. The Jets are by and far a better and more balanced football team than the Giants. The Jets are led by coach Rex Ryan. His infectious personality captivated his team and the gang green faithful of the tri state area. Ryan is the ultimate players coach, willing to back up his players even if everyone in the room knows they’re wrong. After a shaky first start against the Ravens, sophomore quarterback Mark Sanchez is playing the best football of his very short career. He has sixteen touchdown passes and only eight interceptions. He has yet to reach his full potential but, he escapes pressure well and can lead his team to victory. The Jets offense is very impressive starting with wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Santanio Holmes. Both have the ability to stretch the field and both have had big moments in crunch time. The surprising resurgence of LaDanian Tomlinson has replaced the void left by Thomas Jones. And New Jersey native Shonn Greene is a nice complimentary player to Tomlinson because of his hard nosed and bruising style of running. Their running game is currently ranked third in the league. The real strength of the Jets offense however, is the offensive line. They are loaded with three potential pro bowlers; center Nick Mangold, left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and right tackle Damien Woody. These three monsters can match up with anyone in the league. Their offense is great but the heart and soul of the New York Jets is their ferocious defense. They boast two of the best cornerbacks in the league in Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. These two playmakers are arguable the best cornerback tandem in football. The Jets also have a tremendous linebacker core. Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, and David Harris are exceptional at shooting the gap and stopping the run. The only weakness I see the Jets have is on the defensive line. Kris Jenkins, who is one of the best defensive tackles in the game, tore his ACL in week one and is done for the year. The Jets defensive line as a whole doesn’t really get to the quarterback but they make up for it with Rex Ryan’s exotic blitz packages. Its the Jets’ physicality and toughness that set them apart from the Giants. Their smash-mouth brand is what wins games when the level of competition increases come playoff time.
By Matt Chin
By Daniel Dolocheck
“New York bleeds blue and white.”
“IT’S THE Jet’s physicality and toughness that set them apart from the Giants. their smashmouth brand is what wins games...”
FOR HOLIDAY TIPS, SEE PAGE 6 By Rachel Rothspan
Danielle Boettcher Senior, Communication
Keri DeBosh Senior, Communication
Lauren Petrucelli Sophomore, Management
Brendan Farr Freshman, Psychology
“My fourth Christmas… I got everything I wanted.”
“This past Thanksgiving, because it was my first married holiday, and we got to host.”
“My mom and dad surprised me with a Mac on Christmas morning.”
“When my Christmas tree fell through my living room window—it was hilarious.”
Photos: Rachel Rothspan
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